ANOTHER OPEN REPUBLICAN SEAT-- FAR RIGHT CONGRESSWOMAN JO ANN DAVIS DIED TODAY
Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) wasn't precisely an extremist maniac. Nor was she a moderate. Looking over her voting record, you'd have to say she was quite a bit further right than a normal conservative but not necessarily a full-blown fascist like most of her party's congressional caucus. The only Virginia congressmember to her right was Eric Cantor, an actual full blown fascist. (But when it came to the humane treatment of animals, she did abandon the Party of Hatred and Bigotry and vote with the Democrats enough of the time to actually be viewed as a moderate... on that one issue.) You can't hate someone who loves a puppy dog-- well... there was Blondi, I guess-- but let's wish Jo Ann well in her adventures over the Styx. She passed away this morning.
Virginia's first CD, which she represented in Congress since being elected in 2000, stretches along the coast from just above Fredricksburg to just south of Williamsburg. She was the first woman ever elected to federal office from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The district gave Bush 60% of it's vote in 2004, giving Davis 79% at the same time, although she had no Democratic challenger. Last year Shawn O'Donnell held her to 63%. The district is strongly Republican (R +9) and, although the Democratic Party has been on a roll in Virginia, this isn't going to be one of the most likely places to pick up a seat in that state, where Thelma Drake (VA-02) and Frank Wolf (VA-10) are both considered vulnerable in districts that are far less red; where Virgil Goode (VA-05) is likely to be indicted in a bribery case; and where Tom Davis (VA-11) is giving up his Democratic-trending swing district for a pointless run for the U.S. Senate.